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good morning and welcome to 9news now. today is friday. february 25th. i'm andrea roane. >> and she sold it. did you hear it? i love the word friday. >> we were energized by the story. >> it was pretty cool. howard, you worked with a trainer before. >> i have. going to be very motivating. sometimes you don't have enough ooom ph yourself and somebody yelling at you in a good way. stay up on the weather this afternoon, another high wind warning going into effect from 2:00 to 7:00 across the entire viewing wusa area. mid 40s right now with cloudy skies and strong southerly winds, temperatures will climb into the 60s for a high.
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so it will turn colder by mid to late afternoon and windy too. those winds are really going to pick up with that gust 40, 50, maybe 60 miles per hour. hid 40s here. the airport, almost 60 right now off the river. sits at 44 degrees. big picture, look at the storm system coming out of the midwest here. with the showers and storms down south, coming toward ashville. coming toward roanoke even in the next hour. behind it. much windy and cold they are afternoon and right now doppler showing the light rain still well out to the west and there's a couple of hours. it's 4:41. here's monika samtani with timesaver traffic. the yellow light because we have a few incidents and power outages in the springfield area affecting some signal lights, we'll take you there first. you want to treat anywhere you come upon a power outage as a fourway stop. remember that rolling road as old key mill road.
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the accident we've been telling i about, northbound on branch avenue has been cleared now. you're good to go inside the beltway. east-west highway in chillham, there's an accident at chillham manor road. it's nice and light on the friday morning from 95 past university boulevard all the way down over to 270. here's 270 coming in from clarksburg down through germantown and the point where the lanes collide. no construction this morning on 270. over to 66 inbound from manassas through centerville and fairfax, nice and light and all clear this morning. back to you. here's a look at some things which happened while you slept. foreign mercenaries and militiamen hired by muammar gadhafi have continued their assault on two cities just outside tripoli. >> today the u. n. council meets to consider actions
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against regime. americans are still trying to leave the country at this point. bad weather though and high seas have stopped their attempts to leave by ferry. all while the violence continues to escalate there. also last night, same sex couples in maryland moved one step closer to being able to marry one another legally. >> as expected the state senate approved a pressure. ken -- measure. ken molestina was there. >> reporter: now the maryland senate is riding their position on it into the history books. >> the vote we had today is really a once in a generation opportunity, really very much like the civil rights votes that occurred in the 1960s. >> reporter: state senators moved to legalize same sex marriage in maryland. >> my partner and i would love to get married and we were waiting for maryland to pass it and we're really excited about
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the vote. >> i think they need to -- the legislature needs to get down on its hands and knees and remember how this world was created and who's really running the show. >> reporter: the bill now moves into the house for approval. if it passes there, maryland's governor martin o'malley will sign it into law. that possibility has many already speaking about the decision going to a referendum, a vote by the people. a senator was quick to vote to react to the possibility. >> you want to vote on the new environmental regulation and new tax policy. but voting on the lives of your neighbors? i don't think that's good. >> reporter: senator miller opposes the bill and said it should go to referendum. >> we want a crack at it and they can petition through referendum and we welcome that. >> the bill now moves to the
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house. governor o'malley having already said he intends to sign the bill. maryland will soon become the sixth state in the country to legalize same sex marriage. the fbi has fired an agent accused in a drunk driving accident which killed a 16-year- old. witnesses say garner pulled out on to the road to make a left hand turn when an fbi agent in the wrong lane slammed into him. police say speed and alcohol were both factors in the crash. so far, no charges have been filed in the case. a teenager accused of killing a teacher faces life in prison if convicted. on thursday, a juvenile court judge ruled that 14-year-old brandon lee wonsom would be tried as an adult for murder of hannah wheeling last year. wonsom is facing first degree murder charges as well as first degree attempted rape. he is the youngest person to be tried as an adult in the history of the prince georges
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county court system. a d. c. government employee escorted off the job by police and he's calling his firing politically motivated. sulaiman brown was recommended by mayor gray for a $100,000 plus a year job as the department of health care finance. yesterday morning, he was first placed on administrative leave short lyfull heed by his -- followed by his termination. >> i came here today because i deserve that my side and also to be fair to the mayor, because you know, he's a great mayor. he doesn't deserve to be thrown under the bus. for some craziness of his staff. >> the mayor says he's disappointed by the way things turned out for brown. on wednesday, you may remember he told reporters that brown was actually qualified for the job. a college student from said
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arabia is due in federal court today. 20-year-old khalid aldawsari is accused of planning a terror plot. his potential targets included nuclear plants, dams and even the dallas home of former president george w. bush. if lawmakers don't pass the controversial budget bill in wisconsin today, the state will miss a refinance today and he'll will forced to start issuing layoff notices to government workers. but senate democrats are still missing in an attempt to keep the republicans from actually passing the bill. if approved. it would strip collective bargaining rights for most government employees there. at 4:41, toyota announces yet another recall. 4:49. drivers are one part of northern virginia receive some much-needed help from the county leaders. and up next, a quick check on the forecast do get you out the door. we're back with your weather first in two minutes.
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headlines. >> good morning guys, now investors are going to continue to monitor the situation in libya and watch oil prices. we saw crude oil falling nearly $2 a barrel on news that saudi arabia is in talk to make up for the loss of the libyan crude. there are also unconfirmed reports that the u.s. may release energy stockpiles. now checking the numbers, the dow is this morning at 12,068 after dropping 37 points in trading yesterday. meantime, the nasdaq was up and the s&p 500 was off a point. toyota now recalling almost 2.2 million cars in the u.s. for gas problems. it can become entrapped in the floors or carpeting. this was prompted after a review of more than 400,000 company documents. recall includes the 2003 to 2009 toyota four runner suvs. 2006 to 2010 rav-4 sub compact
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suvs and the 2008 to 2011 lexus 570s. as well as the 2004 to 2006 high lander suvs and hybrid models. toyota will replace the floor carpet covering and it's recalled more than 14 million vehicles worldwide for safety issues since 2009. and the transportation department says this will close the agency's investigation into toyota. we'll have to see if this is truly the final chapter with the safety recalls. >> i bet they're hoping. >> folks at toyota? >> thanks jess. well, it's one of the popular hand held downloads and apps so to speak in the washington, d.c. region and it deals with the annoying red light cameras. and if space shuttle discovery is headed toitois for the last time. -- to the international space station for the last time. it's 4:42, we'll be right back. 3q
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4:45, this is one of the days where you want to have rain gear, but hold on the your hat. hold on to the umbrella as well. >> yeah, kind of two different days. this morning, we're dealing with the rain and a little bit of a warmup especially south of d. y., north of town. you may stay in the 40s, kind of little battle going on at the moment. then this afternoon once the front pushes through, the rain will wind down, but the winds will start to howl and a wind warning goes into effect at 2:00. at the bus stop this morning, some rain showers moving in now returning. we've had last night's rain lifted up north and more rain returning. so we'll call for showers and upper 30s north, but low 50s south. big spread there. sunrise 6:47. it's setting just a few minutes before the 6:00 hour. for today, we are looking at temperatures this morning climbing toward 50, 52. look at the winds out of the south at 20 miles per hour. let's start picking up even. southwest, 23 at noon then the front pushes through. early afternoon, that will end the rain threat.
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might even get a rumble of thunder. wind shift west to northwest at almost 30 miles per hour. the sustained winds warning is going to kick in. we can see the showers from last night. all the rain has lifted north. this one is really almost an i- 90 storm along i-90 back into ohio and indiana and southern michigan and for us, we've had one batch of rain and lock at the heavy age coming in to western maryland and southwestern virginia and all of that is moving off toward the east at a pretty good clip, about 30 miles per hour. while it's dry here, this is ground clutter and mist and drizzle in washington for the most part. west of hagerstown approaching i-81. so clear spring, maryland, some rain knocking on the doorstep and i expect it here in the metro anyway over the next hour, hour and a half. here's hancock, pawpaw.
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romney and cumberland there on i-22 up to kaiser. to the south and west, in the shenandoah valley, the rain right on the consider here. in new market and harrisonburg, dealing with the lighter showers in advance of the heavier showers moving to us. these are the winds we'll be considered about. all the -- concerned about. all the dark orange colors. at 11:00 a.m., actually a wind advisory, but i made it simple. a wind warning starts 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. watch out the winds can be gusting 40, 50, maybe 60 miles per hour. still cold and wet, mid 30s up north. frederickburg is 46. pax river 46. the front down here is going to be a little battle up north of us and get rid of some of the chill for us. the barometer the falling. bigger picture, storm system coming out of the midwest here. heavy snow on the northern
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edges of that. the timing on the front has it getting closer to us by midday. here we are 11:00 with some showers coming through and maybe a rumble of thunder. behind it though, there's the clearing with some mountain snow showers. this afternoon, clearing and very windy and temperatures will be dropping after a midday high close to 60. the next three days, 60s today. cool tomorrow. lot less wind by tomorrow morning. sunday, mid 50s with a late shower. monday it looks wet again. showers possible, thunder, 65 and then back to the 50-degree mark by wednesday and thursday. monika? good morning, good morning howard. good morning everybody. you know what? usually on a friday morning, we call it friday morning light, but we've got the yellow light and that's because we have some imaccidents to tell you -- incidents to tell you about. on the beltway at east-west highway at chillham manor road where an accident is in the clearing stages. you should be okay in that area. over to 95 and the vw parkway, no problem all the way down to
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the beltway. the lanes are open. over to 270 on the other side of town, no construction to worry about this morning. it looks good, actually right in from frederick past 121 into germantown and rockville. into the district now, 16th street at columbia road in adams morgan, nice and light. no problems to report. and over to 95 in springfield on the northbound side. things are good, but west of this point on old key mill road at rolling road, the traffic signal light is out. treat that as a fourway stop. in the next report, the dulles toll road. people driving in from wood bridge, virginia are receiving some help. prince william county is leasing 370 parking spaces from the first baptist church at the corner of miniville and elm farm road. the move is designed the make up for 700 parking slots that were lost because of expansion at the potomac mills mall. the district launched a new effort in georgetown. mayor gray was on hand for the
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ground-breaking of the 18 month long project. the crews will repair the integrity of the o and p streets between wisconsin avenue and 37th street and also be replacing water mains while preserving the streetcar tracks in the roads. it seems one of the most popular apps in the d. c. metro area is one for red light cameras. many local drivers are signing up for protection with phantom alert. once downloaded, the app gives drivers audio and visual alerts is they'll have time to slow down as they approach intersections with red light cameras and already mike hydeck is busy with his blackberry. >> phantom alert -- >> phantom alert, yes. >> this could have something to do with the fact i just got my first red light ticket the over day. >> a hefty fine too. >> $150. but i'm going to talk about it with somebody.
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>> he said the picture was picture-perfect. after a short delay in the countdown and it's been waiting for a while. it actually ended up being a picture-perfect liftoff for the space shuttle discovery at the center. >> randall pinkston has the latest on discovery's final mission. >> two, one. booster ignition and the final liftoff of discovery. >> reporter: space shuttle discovery on its 39th and final mission to space. after a four month delay to fix fuel tank problems, nasa's most traveled shuttle blasted off from the kennedy space center before a crowd of about 40,000. several pieces of foam insulation appeared to fall away from the repaired fuel tank, but nasa doesn't believe any damage was done. >> that doesn't mean we won't keep digging and looking and trying to understand. >> reporter: the crew is headed to the international space
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station, with supplies, and for the first time a robot. discovery is known as the flight leader at nasa carrying out some of the most dramatic missions in the program. discovery launched the hubble telescope and took john glenn back to space. >> more important, they used discovery for return to flights. >> reporter: nasa officials say the launch is bittersweet, but the landing will be even tougher. >> i think the emotion will really hit on the runway after the mission is complete. >> reporter: after discovery's mission ends, nasa will have only two more scheduled flights before the 30 year program draws to a close. randall pinkston, cbs news at the kennedy space center. >> the several minute delay was caused by what nasa called a rain-safety issue. the system can destroy the spacecraft in the event of an emergency. 4:53, before break, it is time now to ask the question of
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the morning. >> it is -- put your answer on the facebook page and we'll read some of them coming up. we'll be back. 3q
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traffic. scattered showers this morning that will be coming through. temperatures up north will struggle into the 40s, but down south near 60s. through midday a front is coming through there right around lunchtime. notice 58 degrees, north and west already clearing out with a few snow showers in the mountains. in the afternoon, we will see temperatures dropping off and by 5:00, upper 30s north and still around 60 far south. but watch out the winds are really going to get very gusty after lunchtime. monika? good morning everyone, we're going to fly inbound on the dulles toll road to the main toll plaza, you're good and no problems to report on the greenway or route 7 through leesburg. back to you. thank you monika. a bad economy has led to the cancellation of this year's washington boat show. yesterday, organizers announced the cancellation. the show was scheduled to take place this weekend at the washington convention center. but the show's owner tells 9news now that about 40% of local boat dealers are out of
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business. and people are still struggling despite hearing that the recession is over. on the bright side though, the capital home and garden show is going strong. the owner says the remodeling business is thriving in these tough times. it takes place today through sunday in chantilly. a new library is opening in washington. visitors can check out 80,000 books, cds, dvds and other materials. the library at 4200 kansas avenue also has 40 public access computers with free wi- fi internet access. the new pet worth library in northwest is one of 25 across the city. well, lots of music news from around the globe to the u.s. capital. >> you bet, but first an extra short season for a popular cbs sitcom. you might guess why. sandra hughes has more in today's entertainment. >> reporter: the season is over for "two and a half men." cbs and warner brothers
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television announced their discontinuing production of the popular cbs sitcom for the rest of the season. based on the totality of charlie sheen's statements, conduct and condition. the show has been on hiatus since the latest run-ins with the law. earlier on thursday, sheen said he planned to be back on set tuesday. ♪ paul mccartney went from pop to classical music. now he's branching out to the ballet. it's a far cry from "she loves me," but sir paul has written a store for the new york city ballet. it's set to premiere in september. jamie foxx headlined a performance last night at the white house for black history month. the president and first lady hosted singers like smokey robinson and sheryl crow. the show will be broadcast on pbs march 1st. if you think there are already too many award shows for celebrities, mtv is launching its own music awards to honor
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digital music. the ultimate awards show is this understood, but if you're not -- sunday, but if you're not interested, there are two movies in theaters. "drive angry" starring nicolas cage is an action thriller about a vengeful father. if you're in the mood to laugh, owen wilson stars in "hall pass." their wives grant hall passes and then things get interesting. that's your eye on entertainment, sandra hughes, cbs news, hollywood. good morning and thank you for watching 9news now at 5:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. >> happy friday, i'm mike hydeck. monika samtani with traffic in just a moment and boy howard, there's something coming this way, isn't there? radar, taking a break at the moment. but to the west, we've got a lot of rain moving in from west virginia. some of id moderate to heavy. we could have gusts 40, 50, maybe even 60 miles an hour. it's going to be a

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